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Cafe Istanbul Moves from L Street to Adams Morgan

by Prince Of Petworth — January 9, 2013 at 10:22 pm 13 Comments

2475 18th Street, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending word that the Cafe Istanbul had moved from 2001 L Street, NW to the Snap crepes spot on 18th Street in Adams Morgan.

2001 L Street, NW

I spoke to the folks on the phone at Cafe Istanbul and they said you can continue to order off the Snap menu. And of course you can also order from Cafe Istanbul’s menu. But at the moment they are only open for delivery until renovations are completed at which point they’ll reopen under normal hours and you will be able to dine in. I’ll update when renovations are complete.

Any fans of Cafe Istanbul?

  • Anonymous

    That’s too bad, but ultimately, not surprising. Snap wasn’t a bad cheap eats idea for the neighborhood; just bad execution IMO. the food was bland and the seating… well, uncomfortable. it was perfect place to avoid the crowds, which of course did not bode well for its biz.

    Anyways, not sure what Cafe Istanbul brings that you cannot already find (and well done, at that) at Amsterdam Falafel, Astor, Old City Cafe, and the newcomer Doner Bistro, but Yelp doesn’t offer much to be optimistic about here.

  • Anonymous

    Theyre both owned by the same turkish dude and his american honey. Theyre also a front for other operations.

    • Anonymous

      Like what kinds of other operations? Can you be more specific?

      • Anonymous

        Sketchy things such as purposefully operating a business at a loss for tax reasons to help bolster earnings from other money making “activities”. It doesn’t necessarily have to be illegal. Seems to have been quite a few Adams morgan bizes that may have fit this bill over the years.

        • Anonymous

          In other words, no, he can’t be more specific…

    • Rococo

      Obviously it’s much easier to spread rumor than pass along information that can be checked. Please prove me wrong as I’d love to know what you’re talking about.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, Snap!

    • Anonymous

      LOL! Thanks for a good morning laugh.

  • Anonymous

    I’d also like to hear about what “other” operations the owner(s) have that Snap is/was supporting because I can’t believe the Adams Morgan Snap lasted more than a couple months.


    1. They got very few customers.
    2. Always got horrible reviews.
    3. Were very often not open during those times other coffee/tea/crepe places in the immediate area might be – i.e., at least if not earlier, noon through 9 pm.
    4. Many days they were never open.
    5. Other days they only opened AT 9 PM (not AM, but PM!).

    In sum, it was a sh!t!y business the survival of which arouses curiosity. So how did they survive? Do they own the building? Do they have massively deep pockets?

    Regardless, as anyone can see there are several empty store fronts on 18th Street (Cafe Ghana, new Carriage House, Slaviya, etc.) where it seems the owners are in no rush to do anything to change. Maybe that’s the case here.

    • Don’t forget DCCD, which has been vacant for something like 10 years now.

      • Anonymous

        Actually, I think it’s been longer than that. Seems odd that such a prime location could stay empty for so long.

    • jcm

      There was a 4 week stretch in which I may have kept Snap alive all by myself. I gained like 10 pounds after I found out they delivered Nutella and Banana crepes. I was only able to regain control by stopping ordering from them entirely.

      Cafe Istanbul isn’t any good, which is odd, because Turkish mezze are pretty damned easy to make. I’ve ordered delivery from them a couple of times, and never been satisfied. That’s pretty common for delivery in DC, though, in my experience. If there’s many reliable options, I don’t know about them. Greek Spot and Himalyan Heritage are the best two options I’ve found.

  • Anonymous

    Cafe Istanbul is around the corner from my office. The greasy pizza was disgusting and the turkish food was nothing to write home about either.


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